“Give it back to me”, pleads the mother of a 2-year-old migrant found alone in Mexico – .

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“Give it back to me”, pleads the mother of a 2-year-old migrant found alone in Mexico – .


An agent from the National Migration Institute (INM) carries a boy, who authorities estimate to be around 2 years old, who was found alone near an overcrowded truck that had transported more than 100 migrants in suffocating conditions on the road Ocozocuautla-Las Choapas, Veracruz State, Mexico, June 28, 2021. National Institute of Migration of Mexico (INM) / Document via REUTERS

TEGUCIGALPA, July 3 (Reuters) – Lorena Garcia, a young woman from a rural village in western Honduras, has accepted that her 2-year-old son has lost his chance to make the American dream come true. Now she just wants him home.

The boy, Wilder, gained international media attention when he was found alone by a roadside earlier this week in the Mexican state of Veracruz, half-naked and in tears, near a truck transporting migrants in suffocating conditions. Read more

The boy was with his father, Garcia’s husband Noel Ladino, with the goal of emigrating to the United States. But it has gone wrong in circumstances that have so far not been detailed.

In an interview with Reuters, Garcia, 23, said she was desperate to locate the toddler, who is in the custody of Mexican authorities.

“I want them to return it to me,” Garcia told Reuters by phone on Friday. She said her husband and son were “in search of the American dream. But it was not possible, ”she said.

Garcia said Ladino and Wilder left their home in Copan, Honduras, near the Guatemalan border, with a human smuggler, or coyote, bound for the United States.

The two reached southeastern Mexico, where father and son went their separate ways.

After Mexican immigration officials released photos, Garcia identified herself to Honduran officials as Wilder’s mother using a document that matched the vaccination records the boy was carrying. She said her husband was being held in Mexico. She spoke to him by phone Thursday night but did not glean any information about Wilder.

Mexico’s National Migration Institute has yet to set a date for Wilder’s transfer to Honduras, although Garcia said he was told he would return in 15 days.

“I just hope he comes back,” she said.

The family, which also includes a 6-year-old girl, lives on 100 lempiras ($ 4.16) a day when Ladino can find work, Garcia said.

“There is no work here to support himself. He left because we have another daughter, and here there is a lot of poverty, ”Garcia said.

Ladino and Wilder hoped to reach Virginia where they have parents and eventually be joined by mother and daughter.

Ladino agreed to pay the coyote some 200,000 lempiras ($ 8,333) for the trip with the salary he would earn in the United States and help from loved ones. Wilder went with Ladino because the couple believed that traveling with a small child would improve their chances of being admitted to the United States.

Hundreds of thousands of Hondurans, including families with children, have moved to the United States in recent years to escape poverty, violence and corruption. Many are turned away by Mexico or the United States.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Writing by Cassandra Garrison and Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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